Joint Co-Commissioning Committee
GP services in the east and north of Hertfordshire will meet the needs of local people more closely in future – due to a significant change in the way they are planned and paid for.
East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was established in 2013 and is responsible for planning and paying for the hospital, community health and mental health services used by 580,000 people in Hertfordshire.
Previously NHS England planned and developed primary care services – such as the services provided by local GP practices.
Now East and North Herts CCG has been given the go-ahead to jointly ‘commission’ (plan, purchase and monitor) ’primary care’ services with NHS England. Under the new arrangement, the CCG will be closely involved in planning and developing local ‘primary care’ health services. This could include improving the premises of our GP practices, putting in place training programmes for GPs and practice nurses and designing new services for local people.
This is a significant and important step for our CCG and a new Joint Committee has been set up to meet quarterly, in public, so that local people can witness the work that is being done to improve their local health services.
Although the first year of the new arrangement has been limited to GP services, in future years other primary care services, such as community pharmacies, are likely to be included. This would enable the CCG to design minor ailment schemes for example, which make the best use of highly-trained pharmacists to ease the pressure on the rest of the health service.
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